June 13, 2024

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Firing from Lebanon was reported in northern Israel

Firing from Lebanon was reported in northern Israel

Washington wants to submit the ceasefire plan to a Security Council vote

UN over draft resolution calling on Israel and Hamas The US announced on Sunday that it had requested a Security Council vote. “without delay” Armistice Agreement.

“Today, the United States called on the Security Council to move toward a vote on the U.S. draft resolution (…) Supporting the motion laid on the table”Nate Evans, spokesman for the US mission to the UN, announced in a press release. “Council members must not miss this opportunity and speak with one voice in support of this agreement.”Israel’s ally Washington has been widely criticized for blocking several draft resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

US President Joe Biden unveiled a plan in late May that he said was of Israeli origin, consisting of three phases of roughly forty days to move from a temporary ceasefire to a lasting peace in Gaza.

The Americans clearly put the onus on Hamas to accept it. As mentioned in the draft resolution.

Its third edition, distributed to member states on Sunday and read by Agence France-Presse, “Congratulations” This proposed scheme. Unlike previous versions, it also ensures that there is a plan “Accepted” By Israel. He calls Hamas “Accepting the same, both parties shall fully implement its terms without delay and without conditions”.

Responding to requests from several member states since negotiations began a week ago, the new text sets out the content of the plan.

This means that the first stage is – a ceasefire “Immediate and Complete”Release of Hamas prisoners “exchange” Withdrawal of Palestinian prisoners, Israeli army “Populated Areas of Gaza” And for humanitarian aid to enter the enclave – more than six weeks, the ceasefire will be observed. “Until negotiations continue”.

Since Hamas’s unprecedented attack against Israel on October 7 and Israeli retaliation in Gaza, the Security Council has struggled to speak with one voice. After two resolutions focused mainly on humanitarian aid, he finally made the request at the end of March “Immediate Ceasefire” For the duration of Ramadan, the US decided to stay away during this time.

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After the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to end its offensive in Rafah in late May, Algeria circulated a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and, specifically, an end to the offensive in Rafah. The United States then considered such a text “doesn’t help”Always supports negotiations on the ground to reach a ceasefire.